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Ranking Republican in the senate with harsh words about the White House dealing with the sequester.
Senator Mitch McConnell saying that Washington continues careening from crisis to crisis because he believes -- Obama is to focus on restoring.
Democratic control of the house.
Carl -- a former senior advisor.
President George W.
Bush and a Fox News contributor we find him today in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Carl good morning T the Washington Post wrote about this over the weekend Wall Street Journal writes that about it today.
Do you believe these reports that he's playing a long game the mid terms to get control of the house and the senate.
Well the Washington Post article was apparently based on reporting -- conversations with a White House aides who said this is president Obama's legacy that he's seeking.
Return control of the house representatives to do the Democrats make Nancy closer Pelosi speaker again speaker Pelosi to.
And look if you if your goal is a if you're -- -- a second term as a political legacy that means that you then deal with all of these issues.
From a political perspective not from -- it and -- have from a perspective -- how do we resolve them but had a we use and politically and that's not good for the country.
It's also frankly -- gold is unlikely to happen if you look at over the history of the United States I think there'd been 12 mid term election.
And what shape president's party has gained seats.
And in the house and senate it was 1998.
The Democrats gained five seats in the house it took.
Republicans tried to impeach Clinton which was a huge overreach.
To help them do that and the Democrats would have to pick up of -- of seventeen seats in order to not impossible.
Well but but you know it's never happened before it beef but it be over for over three times the number that it's ever happened in the -- election where it did happen I mean.
Second mid term elections are.
Mid terms are bad for the White House party and and there's also little ground for the Democrats to work with there only sixteen districts that President Obama.
Kerry did that are occupied by Republican.
Four of those present Obama got less than 50%.
I seriously you really have to thread the needle than being right on the -- the way -- -- -- right now but -- on the face of -- do you believe the reporting to be true or not yes -- -- -- if I waited for a majority in the house yeah I do I think that's I think that's -- governing in -- one of the key things to me -- sequestration.
That the way they played it which was two game -- chicken let me try to force Republicans right up to the end to.
Three unilaterally capitulate and just give me taxes he was never very clear about what -- you never laid out a plan -- it.
Vote for my plan but it was just like a -- Republicans to admit that they need to do that we need to raise taxes and it didn't work.
And is in his job approval ratings plummeted but the other thing is is as Republicans said Mr.
President you keep -- me -- dire picture of how the sequestration cuts are gonna hurt.
Why don't we give you the flexibility to cut the less important things and protect the more important things and the president said no if -- -- president said they're saying I'm trying to focus on the issue.
You'd say yeah give me that flexibility and will will manage the -- So if you're right then you believe this reporting that -- -- you you got a stalemate for eighteen months yet again in Washington.
Now go back to 2012.
If you buy into the theory.
That the president won reelection because of the ground game and because of technology that was -- level that no political campaign has ever seen before.
-- -- that that Saddam that political infrastructure is still in place yeah I am -- possible though a view at -- turn over all the data.
And all the the information you have on voters in these key districts.
If Republicans do not counter that strategy he has a shot at doing it right.
Well no I don't he's got much of a shot that first -- for the Republicans will counter and -- You know I spent two days -- meetings the other week with a group of people who were were actively going out to close the data gap and they will close it.
The other issue is the president's popularity the -- -- for approval rating today as of yesterday was 49%.
They give you a sense at this same point in 1997.
Bill Clinton had eight.
59% approval rating.
By election day of 2000 election of 1998 Clinton was that L was it 63%.
At president Obama's above by being so political.
Is not gonna raise those numbers and again I repeat this -- happen one time in history.
Do we think that that technology alone will allow the Democrats to overcome all the disadvantages they've got.
Of looking so political of having won such a narrow reelection victory.
And of having -- essentially pursuing an unpopular agenda that.
Wondering what when people say that that it is his last election 2012 it really was.
I'm his last election is 2014.
He is already indicated that he will campaign heavily and some of these tight districts and also will go out raise a lot of money.
-- these big democratic events and we'll see together whether or not that's -- else Carl thank you would talk your real soon okay you have no color thanks you guys built much.
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